FWCS schools celebrate Thanksgiving - November 16, 2007

Record Number: 3634
Displayed from: Nov 16, 2007 , until: Nov 23, 2007

Students in several Fort Wayne Community Schools classrooms will celebrate Thanksgiving next week through lessons, culminating in Thanksgiving feasts, often with food made by the students. Media are invited to attend, but please let the principal know you are coming. Here are events taking place at several of our schools: South Wayne first-graders will study the pilgrims' voyage and take an imaginary ride on the Mayflower. Students will also make pumpkin bread to take home. Other classrooms will have a Thanksgiving feasts on Wednesday, Nov. 21, including a full Thanksgiving dinner at 2 p.m. in one fifth-grade classroom. Third-graders meanwhile will experience a meal similar to the food the pilgrims ate on their Mayflower journey. At Weisser Park fourth-grade students are studying the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians. The lesson will end with a Thanksgiving feast Wednesday. Harrison Hill kindergartners will have a Thanksgiving feast of apples, cornbread and popcorn at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. North Side High School staff members are collecting food to create all the sides for a Thanksgiving meal. The meals will be given to North Side families in need with any extra meals donated to Community Harvest Food Bank. Indian Village students will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast from 11:40 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Wednesday. Students will dress up and lunch will include mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner roll, carrots, milk, cranberry Jell-O and pumpkin crunch for dessert. Each student will decorate his or her own placemat. Kindergarten students and first- and second-graders at Bloomingdale will have a Thanksgiving feast at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, including pumpkin desserts and cranberry salad. The students dress as pilgrims and Indians for the meal. Nebraska students will have an all-school Thanksgiving lunch with all the trimmings Wednesday. The school also has a tree dedicated to what students are thankful for.
Memorial Park Middle School will have a Thanksgiving assembly at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The assembly is a celebration of American citizenship and culminates the food drive, which provides meals to 10 families at Eden Green. The jazz, orchestral and vocal groups will also perform. Lane Middle School is collecting food and money for especially needy families of our school community. School staff members and volunteers will box all the food items after school on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Deliveries will be made starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.